Jun 11, 2019 - Politics

Biden hits Trump 76 times in Iowa speech

Joe Biden, seen through a news camera viewfinder, speaks at a DNC event in Atlanta on June 6, 2019. Photo: Dustin Chambers/Getty Images

Joe Biden references President Trump at least 76 times in his prepared remarks for a Davenport, Iowa appearance on Tuesday — the same day that Trump will make an appearance.

Why it matters: Trump's aides have long seen the former vice president as his biggest potential threat in 2020. The president has recently been saying it out loud— and Biden seems to be just as focused on Trump — as their dueling Iowa trips provide a juicy splitscreen.

What Biden will say: "Trump doesn’t get the basics. He thinks his tariffs are being paid by China. ... The cashiers at Target see what’s going on — they know more about economics than Trump."

  • "I believe Trump is an existential threat to America."
  • "We choose hope over fear. Unity over division. Truth over lies. And science over fiction."

Go deeper: Behind the scenes of Trump's Biden obsession

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